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Bonded assembly and method for preparing same

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 13 Jan '04

Susan Levandoski

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method of preparing a bonded assembly of two substrates at least one of which is transparent or translucent to UV or visible light, comprises

a) applying, to at least one of the substrates, a photo/anaerobic dual cure composition comprising:

i) a (meth)acrylate-capped urethane oligomer,

ii) at least one (meth)acrylate diluent monomer,

iii) an anaerobic curing system, and

iv) a free-radical photoinitiator;

b) joining the two substrates

c) irradiating the adhesive through said transparent or translucent substrates with light of a wavelength effective to activate the photoinitiator for a time sufficient to at least fixture the adhesive, and then

d) allowing the assembly to further cure at ambient conditions without for at least 24 hrs without subjecting the fixtured assembly to substantial peel stresses.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 shows a plan view of a bonded wiper blade assembly.

Claims

1. A method of preparing a bonded assembly of a support substrate and a flexible plastic substrate wherein the bonded assembly, in use, is subjected to peel stresses, at least one of the substrates being transparent or translucent to UV or visible light, the method comprising

2. A method as in claim 1 wherein the bonded assembly is a wiper blade assembly comprising a support member and a flexible plastic wiper blade which is transparent or translucent to UV or visible light.

3. A method as in claim 2 wherein the wiper blade is formed of a polyurethane material and the support member is formed of a coated steel.

4. A method as in claim 1 wherein the (meth)acrylate-capped urethane oligomer comprises a block resin having at least one polyether block derived from a polyether polyol and at least one hard block derived from an aromatic or cycloaliphatic diisocyanate and an aromatic or cycloaliphatic polyol.

5. A method as in claim 4 wherein said polyether polyol is an aliphatic polyether having a number average molecular weight of from about 400 to about 10,000.

6. A method as in claim 1 wherein the at least one (meth)acrylate capped polyurethane oligomer is employed in the compositions in an amount of from about 25 to about 80% by weight of the composition.

7. A method as in claim 1 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer is a member selected from the group consisting of -carboxyethyl acrylate, isobornyl acrylate, n-octyl acrylate, n-decyl acrylate, cycloheryl acrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl acrylate, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, ethoxyethoxyethyl acrylate, ethoxylated phenyl monoacrylate, hydroxyethyl acrylate, hydroxypropyl acrylate, hydroxybutyl acrylate, isooctyl acrylate, n-butyl acrylate, neopentyl glycol diacrylate, ethylene glycol diacrylate, diethylene glycol diacrylate, dipropylene glycol diacrylate, triethylene glycol diacrylate, tetraethylene glycol diacrylate, 1,6-hexane diol diacrylate, tripropylene glycol diacrylate, glycerol triacrylate, trimethylol propane diacrylate, trimethylol propane triacrylate, pentaerythritol tetraacrylate, phenoxyethyl acrylate, hydroxyethyl methacrylate, hydroxypropyl methacrylate, cyclohexyl methacrylate, glycerol mono-methacrylate, glycerol 1,3-dimethacrylate, trimethyl cyclohexyl methacrylate, methyl triglycol methacrylate, isobomyl methacrylate trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate, neopentyl glycol dimethacrylate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, diethylene glycol dimethacrylate, 1,6-hexanediol dimethacrylate, hydroxybutyl methacrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, cyclohexyl methacrylate, phenoxyethyl methacrylate, and a mixture of two or more thereof.

8. A method as in claim 1 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer is a mixture of liquid ester monomers having a viscosity of 100-5,000 cps (100-5,000 mPa·s).

9. A method as in claim 1 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer comprises a hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylate.

10. A method as in claim 1 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer is present in the composition in an amount of from about 10% to about 60% by weight of the composition.

11. A method as in claim 1 wherein the composition further comprises an adhesion promoter.

12. A bonded assembly produced by the method of claim 1.

13. A bonded assembly as in claim 12 wherein the bonded assembly is a wiper blade assembly comprising a support member and a flexible plastic wiper blade which is transparent or translucent to UV or visible light.

14. A bonded assembly as in claim 13 wherein the wiper blade is formed of a polyurethane material and the support member is formed of a coated steel.

15. A bonded assembly as in claim 14 wherein the (meth)acrylate-capped urethane oligomer comprises a block resin having at least one polyether block derived from a polyether polyol and at least one hard block derived from an aromatic or cycloaliphatic diisocyanate and an aromatic or cycloaliphatic polyol.

16. A bonded assembly as in claim 15 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer comprises a hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylate.

17. A bonded assembly which, when in normal use, is subjected to peel stresses, wherein

18. A bonded assembly as in claim 17 wherein the (meth)acrylate capped urethane oligomer comprises a block resin having at least one polyether block derived from a polyether polyol and at least one hard block derived from an aromatic or cycloaliphatic diisocyanate and an aromatic or cycloaliphatic polyol.

19. A bonded assembly as in claim 18 wherein the at least one diluent (meth)acrylate monomer comprises a hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylate.

20. A bonded assembly as in claim 19 further comprising an adhesion promoter.

21. A bonded assembly as in claim 17 wherein the flexible plastic substrate is a wiper blade member.

22. A bonded assembly as in claim 17 wherein the flexible plastic substrate is formed of a polyurethane material.

23. A bonded assembly as in claim 22 wherein the flexible plastic substrate transparent or translucent to UV or visible light.

24. A method of preparing a bonded assembly of two substrates at least one of which is transparent or translucent to UV or visible light, the method comprising